You could almost describe the afternoon practice session for the lightweight class as sunny, if you were not afraid to jinx it. The temperature was definitely more welcoming and with the new track surface seeing some more running, the grip seemed a little better but still less than ideal and quite hungry for tyres. Many riders went out on used FP1 tyres before switching to new fast shoes in the final ten minutes of the session, a few final laps stopped by some late spits of rain.
FP1 leader Jorge Martin was the unluckiest rider of the afternoon, high-siding badly in turn one and causing a red flag 15 minutes into the session, while the medics were treating what looked like a right ankle fracture. The Spanish rider was eventually declared unfit for the race.
Once the session resumed, Joan Mir picked up the pace to go one full second clear of the field and the chasers never looked like making any serious impression on the significant gap. Romano Fenati lingered outside of the top ten for much of the session, before becoming the first rider within a second of Mir in the final ten minutes. The Italian got as close as six tenths of a second but never really challenged for top honours.
Philipp Oettl put his knowledge of his home GP to good use to become only the third rider into the 1:27s. The final man to share that achievement was Livio Loi, the Leopard rider starting his chase for a good result in Germany with a fourth position.
Nicolo Bulega looked quite smooth as he made his way into fifth spot, followed by Marcos Ramirez and Enea Bastianini as the final two riders within a second of Mir.
Aron Canet was an early leader in the session but could not improve on his early lap as the session progressed and dropped back to eighth position. The top ten was completed by Bo Bendsneyder and Jakub Kornfeil.
|12||21||Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO||Honda||1'28.429||1.250||0.016|
|31||48||Lorenzo DALLA PORTA||Mahindra||1'29.779||2.600||0.101|